Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples: Individual Presentation by Claude Bisonnette

Image of 24. Next
Database ID31320
InstitutionUniversity of Saskatchewan Archives
Fonds/CollectionNative Law Centre fonds
File/Item ReferenceReference Library, RCAP vol. 135 (Box 22)
Date of creationMay 27, 1993
Physical description/extent30 pages of textual records
Number of images24
Scope and contentThis file contains an individual presentation by Claude Bisonnette, a non-Aboriginal who is a certified life insurer in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. He began working with the citizens of Kahnawake in 1987, to the surprise of his co-workers. Bisonnette had to assure them that "(I)f I was having problems with the Mohawks I simply wouldn't go back there." He tells the Commissioners that he is often shocked at the negative attention minor incidents in Kahnawake are given and says the media doesn't help. He attempted to continue his business during the Oka Crisis because "(I)f a skirmish broke out and a client died from a bullet or some other weapon, the company could refuse to pay the death benefit if the policy was not in force." The Oka Crisis put an end to his business dealings with the Mohawks for several years due to government policy and has only recently begun working with Kahnawake citizens again. A question-and-answer session with the Commissioners follows the presentation.
Other terms governing use and reproductionRoyal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples - Transcriptions of Public Hearings and Round Table Discussions, 1992-1993. Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and Courtesy of the Privy Council Office, 2008.
Primary MediaTextual documents
Provenance Access PointUniversity of Saskatchewan. Native Law Centre
Other notesPart of Volume 3, Hotel Bonaventure-Hilton, Outremont Room, Montreal, Quebec; Thursday, May 27, 1993. Pages 675-704.
PlaceMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Oka, Quebec, Canada
Treaty boundariesPeace & Alliance
No treaty
Cultural regionNortheast
NamesBissonette, Claude
Great Law of Peace
Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
Surete du Quebec
SubjectGovernment commissions -- Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
Indigenous Peoples General
Indigenous Peoples Organizations
Indigenous Relations
Government policy
Racism and stereotypes
Oka Crisis
Date Range(s)1990-1999
Permanent Link